Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Damon Albarn 'Monkey Bee' Nosaj Thing Remix

    Nosaj Thing Transforms Damon Albarn's 'Monkey Bee' Into Buzzing Beatwise Bliss

    Damon Albarn has roughly one million irons in the old music fire, and many of them are quite ambitious, but none is quite the production that is Monkey: Journey to the West. The colorful musical adapted from a 16th Century Chinese novel is currently showing at New York City's Lincoln Center, and in honor of the occasion, the Gorrillaz guy and Blur boss has shared a remix of one of his pieces from the score. Los Angeles beat master Nosaj Thing works some of his old sound design magic on "Monkey Bee," transforming the guitar-addled orchestral original into a gorgeous slice of afterhours electronica (via Stereogum). The video version above includes a series of stunning visuals from the production: acrobatic dancers dangling from oversized drapes, topless zombie ladies playing with crazy yo-yos, plus plate-spinners, sword-swingers, and more.

  • Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin 'Harrison Ford' Stream

    Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Swoon on 'Harrison Ford'

    Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin may have a clunky handle, but it's opened some impressive doors for the Missouri indie-swooners. In 2012, the U.S. State Department made the band official cultural ambassadors to Russia, and before long, their namesake's people sent them an invite.

  • Egadz

    Egadz Goes Orchestrally Glitch for 'Giant Steps'

    Egadz is Erik Nava, a Southern California-raised beatsmith whose résumé also includes playing boatloads of instruments, programming his own video games, and developing innovative ways to perform electronic music. His sound is glitched at the surface, though a closer listen reveals deep layering that sounds more orchestral than binary in nature. Take "Giant Steps," for instance. The song's title likely refers to the beat's unerring forward march, but each of those stomps comprises a dozen or more tiny bumps: rattling percussion, labyrinthine sequences, evolving melodies.Egadz will self-release his new album Satellite on July 30 (peep the gold-plated USB edition), and in honor of the occasion he's designed Space Beats, an app for various mobile devices that allows users to score points by making electronic productions of their own.

  • Fall Out Boy Ryan Adams Recording Sessions

    Fall Out Boy and Ryan Adams Are Punk 'Spirit' Animals on New Tunes

    Pete Wentz has confirmed that Fall Out Boy recently completed a couple of inspired sessions with rock renaissance man Ryan Adams. The bassist Instagrammed a photo from the latter's Pax-Am Studio in Los Angeles last week, and spoke about the collaboration to Rolling Stone. "It was punk rock," said Wentz. "The stuff that makes you want to kick the shit out of your bedroom at your parents' house. It's impossible to deny the spirit of what was happening there."Yet it appears the back-to-back nightly sessions were only informal jams following an introduction by mutual musician friend Butch Walker. Asked what the band will do with the eight or nine songs workshopped, Wentz replied, "I would hope that somewhere in some universe you could put out a seven-inch and kids still care. I think there's a side of our band in our fans that would appreciate some of the noise that Ryan comes up with ...

  • Braids 'In Kind' Video Flourish Perish Album

    Watch Braids' Shimmering 'In Kind' Video and Set Your 'Conscience' Free

    Braids hail from the same Montreal DIY scene that's gifted us Grimes, Majical Cloudz and Mac DeMarco, and the influence can be heard in the group's singular approach to songcraft. Above you'll find the video for "In Kind," an eight-minute song that evolves slowly while never losing the listener's interest. Opening with crystalline tones and choral vocals, the track is accompanied by equally ambient and autumnal imagery. As the music progresses, a live drum kit sputters in and out of the mix, hinting at a coming synchronicity. As Raphaelle Standell-Preston's vocals go from furtive to powerful, the music also goes wide. "Left my conscience in quotations," she sings near the end. May we suggest you hit play and do the same?

  • Summer Camp 'Fresh' Lyric Video New Album

    Summer Camp Return With 'Fresh' Disco-Kissed Album

    On September 9, London indie-pop players Summer Camp will release their first album since 2011's "terrifically tart debut" Welcome to Condale. The self-titled platter will arrive via Moshi Moshi and include 12 new songs, the first of which can be heard above. "Fresh" is a gloriously disco-kissed track that finds Elizabeth Sankey on lead vocals (file next to that Classixx jam featuring LCD Soundsystem's Nancy Whang) while Jeremy Warmsley provides backups and busy guitar. The group's light touch is still intact, allowing the groove to float and the vocals to soar. "First love is the best love, first love is the dream," sings Sankey, "First love is a fairytale held tight between you and me." Nuzzle up to this one.Summer Camp, Summer Camp track list:1. "The End"2. "Fresh"3. "Crazy"4. "Keep Falling"5. "Two Chords"6. "Fighters"7. "I Got You"8. "Everything Has Changed"9.

  • Jay-Z Magna Carta Robin Thicke Blurred Lines Billboard Charts

    Who Charted? Jay-Z Outsells Everyone Except JT, Ciara Makes a Worthy Return

    First! He's got 99 problems, but going No. 1 ... eh, you get the idea. Jay-Z, no surprise, has the biggest album of the week with Magna Carta Holy Grail. What's unexpected, however, is the massive margin that he holds over just about every other release this year. The new record may not have been our favorite — quote: "It's rap music as a transaction, with a host of stars and hip names wrangled together to convince you it's not." — but it succeeded in getting people talking (and purchasing) despite the fact that Samsung more or less gave away a million copies of the thing. MCHG sold 527,000 according to Billboard. That's far more than projected, and far more than Kanye West's far superior Yeezus, which now sinks down to No. 6 (29K). With this, Hova notches his 13th No.

  • CocoRosie 'Child Bride' Video Grass Widow

    CocoRosie's 'Child Bride' Video Is a Harrowing Portrait of Abuse

    CocoRosie's latest video is both beautifully shot and deeply disturbing. Director Emma Freeman goes for a very literal take on the song's title, "Child Bride," following a culty cast of rural folk as they perform a morally reprehensible ritual. The titular girl, hauntingly played by Imogen Verrocchi, is dressed and made up for the day's main event, in which she'll be handed off to a creepy elder, forever to be his chattel. Meanwhile, Bianca Casady coos, "Whose little girl am I? / The man with the dark hat will take me home tonight / I washed my body..." The music is a mournful mix of keyboards, floral synth-work, and tabla-style percussion, making for a sound that's as exotic as it is irrepressible. As the clip plays out, our young heroine gazes out of her disgusting husband's window, imagining a carefree life for herself.

  • Riff Raff James Franco Spring Breakers Lawsuit

    Riff Raff Wants to Sue James Franco (or Maybe 'Spring Breakers') for $10M

    Mightily corn-rowed Houston-bred rap personality Riff Raff claims that he's suing the creators of Spring Breakers to the tune of "8 to 10 million" dollars. His complaint: He has yet to be compensated for James Franco's portrayal of Alien, a character that pretty much everyone understands to be at least slightly inspired by the larger-than-life MC born Jody Christian and his famous penchant for bright colors, complicated braids, Southern hospitality, and gold fronts.Riff Raff and his devotees have been crowing about the issue since before the film came out — initially with glee, of late with a hint of menace — but he recently re-shared a photo that seems to leave no question as to his influence over the character's creation.

  • Grooms 'I Think We're Alone Now' Stream

    Grooms Offer Slackerly Swoon With 'I Think We're Alone Now'

    Grooms founder Travis Johnson suffers from a very specific form of OCD called scrupulosity, in which guilt and anxiety foment as a result of concern over one's religious morals. In an earlier life, the 30-year-old Dallas-bred, Brooklyn-based musician took prescription drugs and self-medicated on the side in order to suppress his compulsions, but of late he's ditched the influences in favor of confronting his demons. Musically the approach seems to be generating some fantastic results.Grooms are prepping their third album, Infinity Caller, due out September 3 on their new home, Western Vinyl. Below you'll find "I Think We're Alone Now," a beautiful slack-pop nugget that sinks its hooks in deeply, despite coming in under three minutes. Of course, the vocal assist from bassist Emily Ambruso doesn't hurt.

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